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Defense Base Act Resources

Many, many articles about Defense Base Act Resources. Created in 1941, the Defense Base Act law provides medical coverage, compensation, and the right to choose your own doctor. The DBA covers those who work overseas as civilian contractors for private employers Department of Defense firms working on foreign military bases for the U.S. government, or who work on contracts approved and funded by the U.S. Government. Anyone injured on the job and who is denied medical care has the right to an attorney who is paid by the insurer or the employer, not by the individual. Garfinkel Schwartz has provided civilian contractors with DBA defense help since 1976.

What is a Non-scheduled Injury?

Non-scheduled injuries suffered by civilian contractor clients are common. The sad truth is that many of the injuries sustained in conflict zones are non-scheduled. For example, a study published in The Journal of Surgical Orthopedic Advances in the fall of 2014 looked at 450 U.S. soldiers who were discharged for medical reasons.


Civilian Contractor Update: Yemen

As lead counsel in the law firm Garfinkel Schwartz, I can help you know your rights before you actually have to assert them. If you’re working in Yemen or you end up as a contractor overseas please contact an attorney that knows about the Defense Base Act so that you can understand what your rights are.


Civilian Contractor Update: Libya

Libya is split into two parallel governments, with a range of tribes and militia fighting for power, which means the North African country is completely unstable. The fighting is not just about power to control government or defeat ISIS; the various factions also want control over Libya’s vast oil fields.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, has complicated a power struggle between the rival governments, the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord and the General National Congress.


Civilian Contractor Update Nigeria

The U.S. has not placed as much emphasis on Nigeria because the U.S. has been more worried about Syria and Iraq but Nigeria’s importance to Africa and as a source of oil makes it worth watching.

You might remember that the Boko Haram gained international notoriety in 2014 when it kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer and Boko Haram has sabotaged oil pipelines in the south of the country.


Civilian Contractor Update Turkey

Whether it’s Syria, Libya, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, South Korea, Iraq, Yemen, the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, Turkey or anywhere else in the world, if you’re a contractor, you really need to talk with a Defense Base lawyer before you go to work.


Civilian Contractor Update Ukraine

The Ukraine is a divided country following a crisis that began in early 2014. At that time, violent protests over the then Ukrainian president’s decision to reject a deal for greater integration into the European Union forced him to flee the country. Current President Petro Poroshenko eventually assumed office in Ukraine.


Contractor World Conflict Update on Syria

Syria is a complex and a horrible conflict and without a ceasefire, fierce fighting in Syria continues throughout the country. Despite attempts to slow fighting in Aleppo, fighting hasn’t stopped.


Contractor World Conflict Update: North Korea

We provide contractors and potential contractors occasional updates as to what’s going on in the world’s conflicts and this one is in North Korea and involves troops in South Korea. As DBA attorneys, wherever you go and whatever you need Garfinkel Schwartz will be here if you need our help and that’s a promise.

This Contractor World Conflict Update: North Korea is a summary based on what we’ve read in the news, gathered from government sources for our clients who are contractors around the world


Contractor World Conflict Update: South & East China Sea

I’d like to take a look at what’s going on overseas and the world conflicts to put on everybody’s radar. This is what we call our Contractor World Conflict Update: South & East China Sea.

Regarding the South China Sea, the U.S. government met unsuccessfully with China to try to de-escalate tensions in this area. This report by Garfinkel Schwartz Defense Base Act attorney Brian Wiklendt is for contractors who may have to travel in support of the U.S. military.

Actually, the Defense Base Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers Act was created to protect the men and women who work overseas and on the seas for the U.S. Government


Contractor World Conflict Updates: Syria & Libya

Garfinkel Schwartz helping people under the Defense Base Act, whether you are working anywhere near these areas Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world, if you’re a contractor, and you’re currently not injured, talk with an attorney. Know before you go what the laws are governing your health and how to get you home safely.


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